VIDEONALE.scope

Scope 7
Corinne & Arthur Cantrill, *Two Women*, 1976-79

A film series by Videonale Bonn

The experimental film and video art series VIDEONALE.scope has complemented the Videonale Bonn programme since 2013. In addition to the biennial VIDEONALE – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, which presents the latest positions from the field of moving images, VIDEONALE.scope expands the event spectrum by a cinema format with a focus on thematically conceived programmes that bring young and historical positions into dialogue. The format thus ties in with the 1st Videonale (1984), which already presented film and video as part of the festival program at the time.

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Ghosts in the Gardens of Progress
November 22 - 24, 2019

Filmforum NRW & Temporary Gallery – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Köln

With contributions by Rheim Alkadhi, Basma Alsharif, Graeme Arnfield, Rosa Barba, Cynthia Beatt, Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet, Corinne & Arthur Cantrill, Manuel DeLanda, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Sky Hopinka, Karrabing Film Collective, Martin Kohout, Steven Matheson, Rolando Peña, Charlotte Prodger, Lisa Rave, Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs, Camilo Restrepo, Francisco Rodríguez, Deborah Stratman, Malena Szlam and Ana Vaz.

This year's VIDEONALE.scope presents a selection of experimental films, talks, and performances on the theme of political landscape. These explore forms of representation in which landscape does not appear as the passive object of aesthetic contemplation or exaltation, but rather as a sensor of socio-political transformations and animated, contested space in time.

Since its invention as an artistic genre, landscape has served as a medium through which spaces are not only depicted, but also ideologically appropriated. Landscape not only presents an aesthetically condensed image of nature, but also projects and consolidates the political and social status quo as nature – as a timeless, cosseted sphere of peaceful coexistence, a fictional garden in which the traces of "progress" – the often violent processes of state building, industrialization, and colonization – remain hidden. Film, with its own representational means, has also made its contribution to this notion of landscape.

More recent filmmakers have not only sought to lay bare these traces and identify the political and economic forces behind the naturalization of landscape, but also to develop new strategies to portray other kinds of landscape or to depict landscapes otherwise – whether as fields of encounter, of conflict, or of collaboration between a multiplicity of actors working against the unifying, naturalizing myths.

The program brings together films from five decades that examine both the destructive impact and the utopian potential of earlier attempts to technologically "upgrade" the natural world. They investigate the long-term consequences of resource extraction and colonization while linking them to the struggle for indigenous land rights and representation. Others stage playful interventions into the symbolic cosmos of progress and prosperity projected by the modern city, or cast a critical eye on the unconscious gendering of urban and rural spaces. In this way, they make visible and audible those forces omitted from the tale of the garden of progress.

TICKETS
5 Euro / 3 Euro (reduced)
Combined ticket (2 programs): 8 Euro / 4 Euro (reduced)
Scope-Ticket (all events): 24 Euro / 12 Euro (reduced)
Program in the Temporary Gallery: 2,50 Euro

Overview of all VIDEONALE.scope Editions

Date
Title
Genre
Fri, 22.11.2019
19:00h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #1

Screening

Three films that address landscape as a resource.

• Malena Szlam, ALTIPLANO, CL/AR/CA 2018, Color, 35mm, 15’30’’ (no dialogue)
• Francisco Rodríguez, Una luna de hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), CL/FR 2017, Color, 16mm/digital, 28’30’’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Lisa Rave, Europium, UK/DE 2014, Color, digital, 20’ (OV with Engl. subtitles)

Fri, 22.11.2019
21:00h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #2

Screening

Three films that address landscape as a resource.

• Malena Szlam, ALTIPLANO, CL/AR/CA 2018, Color, 35mm, 15’30’’ (no dialogue)
• Francisco Rodríguez, Una luna de hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), CL/FR 2017, Color, 16mm/digital, 28’30’’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Lisa Rave, Europium, UK/DE 2014, Color, digital, 20’ (OV with Engl. subtitles)

Sat, 23.11.2019
14:00h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Guided Tour with artist Rheim Alkadhi

Artist Talk

Guided tour through the exhibition Majnoon field with the artist Rheim Alkadhi and the curator Aneta Rostkowska.

In cooperation with the Temporary Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art.

Sat, 23.11.2019
15:30h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Live-Prasentation

Performance

A pixelated performer (in regional "emo" style) appears behind a podium of smoke and in front of the artifacts of a neoliberalized desert. Queere anarchies, choreographies across borders and surviving poison clouds; the body cramps - for some of us this is still emancipatory practice.

Rheim Alkadhi, Our Current Dwelling Is Fire, 2018, Live Presentation, Projection, Spoken Text

After the meeting, get together for coffee and cake.

In cooperation with the Temporary Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art.

Sat, 23.11.2019
17:00h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #3

Screening

Three films about adaptation and resistance as possible strategies to survive in a precarious environment.

  • Steven Matheson, Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel, US 2000, b/w and color, digital, 26' (OF)
  • Ana Vaz, Atomic Garden, FR 2018, color, 16mm/digital, 8' (without dialogues)
  • Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Conversation with a Cactus, FR/DE/JP 2017, color, digital, 45' (Japanese OmeU)
Sat, 23.11.2019
19:00h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Lecture and Talk with Mareike Bernien und Alex Gerbaulet

Discussion

On the basis of maps of former uranium mining areas in Saxony and Thuringia, Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet explore the history of the continued radiance of such landscapes. By way of various depth probes through time and space, they trace the sedimentented material, geopolitical, and metaphorical narratives surrounding uranium and its decay chain. Their work also examines the connections between radioactivity and image production.

Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet, Ghostly Extractions / Geisterhafte Extraktionen (in German)

Followed by a discussion with the artists.
Free admission.

Sat, 23.11.2019
20:30h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #4

Screening

How do landscapes constitute communities?

• Deborah Stratman, Optimism, CA/US 2018, b/w and Color, Super 8/digital, 15’ (Engl. OV)
• Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Swamp, US 1971, Color, 16mm/digital, 6’ (Engl. OV)
• Charlotte Prodger, LHB, UK 2017, Color, digital, 20’ (Engl. OV)
• Graeme Arnfield, Colossal Cave, UK 2016, Color, digital, 11’ (Engl. OV)
• Sky Hopinka, Dislocation Blues, US 2017, Color, digital, 17’ (Engl. OV)

Followed by a discussion with Graeme Arnfield.

Sun, 24.11.2019
18:30h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #5

Screening

Five approaches to reading city landscapes and translating them into joint speech and action.

• Cynthia Beatt, Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl, DE 1983, Color, 16mm, 26’ (German and Engl. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Rolando Peña, La Cotorra No. 2 (The Babbling No. 2), VE 1979, Color, Super-8/digital, 9’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Rosa Barba, Disseminate and Hold, DE/BR 2016, Color, 16mm/digital, 21’30’’ (Braz. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Manuel DeLanda, ISM ISM, US 1979, Color, Super 8/16mm, 6’30’’ (no sound)
• Martin Kohout, Slides, CZ/DE/UK 2017, Color, digital, 22’ (Engl. OV)

Sun, 24.11.2019
20:30h

VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #6

Screening

City landscapes marked by enduring conflicts, forced displacement, and colonization: the films in this session speak of what cannot (any longer) be shown.

• Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs, Échangeur, BE/CG 2016, Color, digital, 33’ (Lingala and French OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Basma Alsharif, Farther Than the Eye Can See, JO/AE 2012, Color, digital, 14’ (Arabic OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Camilo Restrepo, La impresión de una guerra (The Impression of a War), CO/FR 2015, Color, 16mm/digital, 26’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)

Date
Time
Event
Location
Genre

Fri, 22.11.2019

19:00
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #1

Three films that address landscape as a resource.

• Malena Szlam, ALTIPLANO, CL/AR/CA 2018, Color, 35mm, 15’30’’ (no dialogue)
• Francisco Rodríguez, Una luna de hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), CL/FR 2017, Color, 16mm/digital, 28’30’’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Lisa Rave, Europium, UK/DE 2014, Color, digital, 20’ (OV with Engl. subtitles)

Screening

Fri, 22.11.2019

21:00
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #2

Three films that address landscape as a resource.

• Malena Szlam, ALTIPLANO, CL/AR/CA 2018, Color, 35mm, 15’30’’ (no dialogue)
• Francisco Rodríguez, Una luna de hierro (A Moon Made of Iron), CL/FR 2017, Color, 16mm/digital, 28’30’’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Lisa Rave, Europium, UK/DE 2014, Color, digital, 20’ (OV with Engl. subtitles)

Screening

Sat, 23.11.2019

14:00
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Guided Tour with artist Rheim Alkadhi

Guided tour through the exhibition Majnoon field with the artist Rheim Alkadhi and the curator Aneta Rostkowska.

In cooperation with the Temporary Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art.

Artist Talk

Sat, 23.11.2019

15:30
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Live-Prasentation

A pixelated performer (in regional "emo" style) appears behind a podium of smoke and in front of the artifacts of a neoliberalized desert. Queere anarchies, choreographies across borders and surviving poison clouds; the body cramps - for some of us this is still emancipatory practice.

Rheim Alkadhi, Our Current Dwelling Is Fire, 2018, Live Presentation, Projection, Spoken Text

After the meeting, get together for coffee and cake.

In cooperation with the Temporary Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art.

Performance

Sat, 23.11.2019

17:00
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #3

Three films about adaptation and resistance as possible strategies to survive in a precarious environment.

  • Steven Matheson, Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel, US 2000, b/w and color, digital, 26' (OF)
  • Ana Vaz, Atomic Garden, FR 2018, color, 16mm/digital, 8' (without dialogues)
  • Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky, Conversation with a Cactus, FR/DE/JP 2017, color, digital, 45' (Japanese OmeU)
Screening

Sat, 23.11.2019

19:00
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Lecture and Talk with Mareike Bernien und Alex Gerbaulet

On the basis of maps of former uranium mining areas in Saxony and Thuringia, Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet explore the history of the continued radiance of such landscapes. By way of various depth probes through time and space, they trace the sedimentented material, geopolitical, and metaphorical narratives surrounding uranium and its decay chain. Their work also examines the connections between radioactivity and image production.

Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet, Ghostly Extractions / Geisterhafte Extraktionen (in German)

Followed by a discussion with the artists.
Free admission.

Discussion

Sat, 23.11.2019

20:30
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #4

How do landscapes constitute communities?

• Deborah Stratman, Optimism, CA/US 2018, b/w and Color, Super 8/digital, 15’ (Engl. OV)
• Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Swamp, US 1971, Color, 16mm/digital, 6’ (Engl. OV)
• Charlotte Prodger, LHB, UK 2017, Color, digital, 20’ (Engl. OV)
• Graeme Arnfield, Colossal Cave, UK 2016, Color, digital, 11’ (Engl. OV)
• Sky Hopinka, Dislocation Blues, US 2017, Color, digital, 17’ (Engl. OV)

Followed by a discussion with Graeme Arnfield.

Screening

Sun, 24.11.2019

18:30
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #5

Five approaches to reading city landscapes and translating them into joint speech and action.

• Cynthia Beatt, Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl, DE 1983, Color, 16mm, 26’ (German and Engl. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Rolando Peña, La Cotorra No. 2 (The Babbling No. 2), VE 1979, Color, Super-8/digital, 9’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Rosa Barba, Disseminate and Hold, DE/BR 2016, Color, 16mm/digital, 21’30’’ (Braz. OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Manuel DeLanda, ISM ISM, US 1979, Color, Super 8/16mm, 6’30’’ (no sound)
• Martin Kohout, Slides, CZ/DE/UK 2017, Color, digital, 22’ (Engl. OV)

Screening

Sun, 24.11.2019

20:30
VIDEONALE.scope #7: Shortfilms #6

City landscapes marked by enduring conflicts, forced displacement, and colonization: the films in this session speak of what cannot (any longer) be shown.

• Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs, Échangeur, BE/CG 2016, Color, digital, 33’ (Lingala and French OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Basma Alsharif, Farther Than the Eye Can See, JO/AE 2012, Color, digital, 14’ (Arabic OV with Engl. subtitles)
• Camilo Restrepo, La impresión de una guerra (The Impression of a War), CO/FR 2015, Color, 16mm/digital, 26’ (Span. OV with Engl. subtitles)

Screening

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